Game 108. 2/3 done. Yanks at .500

Yankee Stadium Frieze

2/3 of the season is over, and the Yanks are dead even at .500 at 54-54. They haven’t varied much from that .500 line all season long.

One thing we have seen from Nathan Eovaldi this season is this: the tendency to give up HR (he leads the team in that) and the tendency to pitch well, but have that one bad inning that bites him.

He had that tonight.

Eovaldi went 7 innings, and gave up 5 hits, but two of them were HR. Of the five hits he gave up, three were in the same inning, two of them were HR, costing him 4 runs, and that was the game.

Other than that he was OK, but that is like asking Mrs. Lincoln, other that the assassination, how did you like the play?

But that is Eovaldi. So frustrating.

Eovaldi gave up a solo HR to Ex-Yank Kelly Johnson in the fifth, and after his own fielding indecision cost him, gave up a 3-run HR to Jay Bruce.

Meanwhile, Ex-Yank Bartolo Colon owned the Yanks, and the Mets won 4-1.

The Yanks’ only run came in the seventh on a double by Gary Sanchez and an RBI single by Aaron Hicks.

Eovaldi (L, 9-8, 4.80) 7 IP, 4 R, 5H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3 hits, 2HR, all 4 runs–same inning. Sigh.

Warren 1 IP. 0 R,  1 H, 0 Walks, 1 K. 5.18 (Cubs/NYY)

Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.16.

 

Sometimes I wonder if this is all you get from Eovaldi and Pineda. (To quote the Peggy Lee song, Is That All there is?) If so, it’s not good enough.

Meanwhile, the A-Rod situation is getting embarrassing. He doesn’t play. The Yanks have basically a $27MM man (his salary for the rest of this year plus 2017) who does nothing but sit on the bench. Girardi is managing one man short. A-Rod doesn’t play, doesn’t PR or PH, can’t play the field.

If that is the case, please cut him and eat the $27MM. I know it’s a lot of money to eat, but this is getting embarrassing.

Of course, it would be easier if A-Rod did what Mike Schmidt of the Phillies did in 1989—-accept that he was done, and retire mid season.

But there is that $6MM bonus for hitting #700…. and Alex is just 4 homers short. But if he isn’t playing, you wonder IF, not WHEN he will get those four homers.

It’s sad. It reminds me so much of Willie Mays, 1973 or Steve Carlton in the late 1980s, where everyone knew the player was done and should pack it in, except that great player himself.

Luis Severino will start Tuesday against Boston. Chad Green was sent back to AAA, and Johnny Barbato brought up.

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